Saturday 9 November 2013 

Stirling Sets Up Ireland Victory

William Porterfield, Paul Stirling
Paul Stirling (right) scored a match-winning half-century for Ireland against Wings XI
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Ireland 120-7 (Stirling 56) beat
Wings XI 104 (K O'Brien 3-9) by 14 runs
Twenty20 game, Dubai

Paul Stirling hit a half-century as Ireland beat Wings XI by 14 runs in their latest ICC World Twenty20 2014 Qualifier warm-up match in Dubai.

Wings XI had beaten Afghanistan in their previous match but Ireland, thanks to Stirling's 56 in 43 balls and then three wickets apiece from Max Sorensen and Kevin O'Brien, were too strong.

Stirling hammered three sixes and four fours to help Ireland post 120 for seven with Gary Wilson (21) and William Porterfield (17) also contributing with the bat.

Mohammad Waseem kept the batsmen honest with three for 16, but Wings XI were quickly in trouble at seven for three when they began their run chase.

Ex-Zimbabwe international Charles Coventry and Barbados all-rounder Alciendro Holder put together a 55-run partnership in 11 overs but Stirling removed Coventry for 36 to all but end Wings' chances.

Holder made 41 before becoming the last of Sorensen's victims and O'Brien then delivered an excellent spell at the death to pick up three for 19.

© Cricket World 2013

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